Beautiful, Billowy, Bahamas...
On approach to runway 14.
This billowy convective activity was between us and Nassau. It proved not to be an issue. Actually it was mostly over Freeport bubbling up from the land with temperatures of 34 C with a dewpoint of 26C. Can you say muggy?
(Lavi, I pumped up the resolution a bit on my camera. :) )
I remember reading a sign years ago on the side of the road, "always do something while you wait." So I queried the maintenance guy about his job, the rough ride of the train and I find out the company that built the train has since gone bankrupt. People love talking about their jobs.
We delayed boarding a little as one flight attendant went through American pre-clearnace customs by mistake.
We had a light load. Actually I'm shocked 92 passengers wanted to head south while southern Ontario basked in beautiful sunshine. About 20 percent of the load were "cons" (contingencies) i.e employees.
Fuel is expensive in the Caribbean so we tankered four tonnes. Pilots love extra gas. Dispatch runs a program to see if it is cost efficient to carry fuel instead of buying it because remember, it takes about 20 to 30 precent of the fuel just to carry an extra tonne.
We inherited a A319 with a cabin temperature controller problem. We decided to take it as is, but we would reset some circuit breakers to reboot the system. We push back from the gate and we get a caution saying the "forward cabin trim valve" is faulty. Translation, "call maintenance." This now requires patching through dispatch because we left the gate, getting a maintenance release number, me talking to the in-charge, me making an announcement to the passengers, etc...
Finally I get to say, "ladies and gentleman, this is you captain speaking, we have ratified our maintenance issue, lets go to Nassau, Bahamas!
Actually, they all got an extra P.A prior to descent. Captain Doug thought it was time to promote his enRoute aviation column and to recruit questions. They were more receptive than my Miami passengers the day before.
While heading back to Toronto I looked over to South Carolina and saw the beach coastline. Tomorrow the family and I will be heading there to see my eldest daughter. She is a lifeguard there, so I want to see why the "bank of dad" paid a thousand dollars for her just to have a summer job.
I've seen a few pictures of my nineteen year old daughter on Facebook in bars. The only glitch is....drinking age is 21. Hmmmmm???
Time to investigate. :)